Best Biography Books
Books are always considered the best friend of humanity. It enlightens the people through their dramatic, emotional, and wise words. They whisk you away from worries into magical lands and historical events.
Books can be of different genres. In the case of biographies, they tell you the great stories of our heroes and give us the rare opportunity of understanding them.
Memoirs tell us about something which we can’t know otherwise. So, here we have put together the list of the ten best biography books.
The best biography book of all time, the diary of a young girl, is Anne Frank’s autobiography. The book is her diary, in which she wrote about the horrors of war and its effects on humans.
In her diary, she wrote about her experiences of fleeing from home in Amsterdam in 1942 due to the Nazis. As the Nazis occupied Holland, then thirteen years old, Anne Frank fled with her family and went into hiding.
They lived with another family in the ‘Secret Annex’ of an old office building for two years.
Anne described how living with hunger, boredom, cruel problems of living in a confined space completely cut off the outside world, and the constant threat of discovery and death.
She described her horror of the war through her thoughtful and moving words. Yet, she also shows the world how much courage human being has.
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New York Times bestseller, Born a Crime is the intellectual story of a boy named Noah. The report illustrates the dark, cruel, and brutal period of South Africa’s history that one should never forget. This is the story of Trevor Noah, whose birth itself was a crime at that time.
He was born in the house of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother in apartheid South Africa. Such marriage was legally punishable at that time, and the sentence was five years in prison.
Her mother hid him in the house and prevented him from poverty, violence, and government abuse.
The story portrays the struggles of a young boy and his fearless, rebellious, and religious mother.
The author shows how being restricted in a house feels like a mother’s unconditional and unconventional love and what freedom feels like. Through the life of Noah, you will get to know that independence is a blessing.
This New York Times bestseller is the life story of the great British mathematician who invented the computer and artificial intelligence and saved allies from Nazis.
It is an inspiring biography of Alan Turing, who fought against Nazis with the help of technology and fought for gay liberation.
Alan Turing wrote the book after he committed suicide at forty-one. Alan Turing: The Enigma tells Turing played a leading role in breaking the German Enigma during World War 2 through his scientific inventions.
He played a crucial role in the Atlantic’s victory. But despite his contributions to the war, he was still arrested. He underwent humiliating treatment just because he wanted to live as a homosexual in a society where homosexuality was a crime.
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Sylvia Nasar’s classic biography, A beautiful mind, is the story of math expert John Nash who fought with mental illness and overcame his schizophrenia. The story of John Nash begins when at the ripe age of thirty, he started to believe that extraterrestrial things exist.
Once a person from Harvard visited him and asked him how can he believe in supernatural things when he is a genius in math. He replied that these things come to him in the same way as his mathematical ideas did.
As he was drowning in the world of madness, a selfless, beautiful woman helped him to regain his mental health and achieve the Noble prize by presenting the game theory revolution.
Sylvia shows the diversity of the human mind through his life and how love can heal anyone.
Alexander Hamilton was a legend in the American Revolutionary War, where he aided George Washington. Chernow wrote his biography to pay tribute to his efforts to make America a great country.
He also contributed to the constitution of the U.S as an influential interpreter and promoter.
He was also the founder of the nation’s financial system, Bank of New York, the Federalist Party, the United States Coast Guard, and the New York Post newspaper.
Later, he also became the first Treasury secretary of the United States.
Chernow stated in his biography that Hamilton’s legendary ambitions were not only motivated due to his self-interest but also due to his passion and patriotic thinking of making America a mighty nation.
Although he did not become the president of America, his efforts cannot be ignored.
Bob Woodward and reporter Robert Costa compare President Donald J. Trump’s presidency and President Joseph R. Biden. These two interviewed more than 200 people and gave us an overview of Trump’s white house, Biden’s white house, the 2020 campaign, and the Pentagon and the Congress.
Peril showed people fresh material which was never seen before, secret orders, confidential phone calls, hidden diaries, secret emails, meeting notes, and other records to show people that it was more than just a domestic political crisis.
Peril also gives us an overview of Biden’s presidency challenges he faced as the presidency of one person ended and the presidency of another person started.
Peril is one of the best biography books on Amazon as it gives people the facts about what happened.
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The Splendid and the Vile, written by Erik Larson, is one of the best biography books.
It describes the biography of Winston Churchill. The writer describes how Winston Churchill encountered the Adolf Hitler invasion in Holland and Belgium on the first day he became the prime minister.
Poland and Czechoslovakia were already destroyed with the evacuation of Dunkirk just two weeks away.
Now it was the duty of Churchill to save his country from the bombing campaign of Hitler and end the fight by persuading President Franklin.
The Splendid and the Vile show readers what authentic leadership is and how people in the past made great sacrifices to save their country and their people.
It also depicts that one needs a true leader whose courage, bravery, and perseverance will prosper the nation in political dysfunction.
When Breath becomes, the air is the number-one New York Times bestseller biography book, which depicts the story of a competing neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi, as he played the role of both patient and doctor in his life.
In this biography, the young neurosurgeon attempts to answer what makes life worth living? The story started when the young thirty-six years old neurosurgeon was diagnosed with stage IV lungs cancer.
After he was diagnosed, he became the person who, on the one hand, is a doctor treating the dying patient, but on the other hand, he is a patient struggling to live.
While studying the most critical place of the human body, the brain, he started to ponder that all organisms die is the reason that makes life virtuous and meaningful.
Unfortunately, in March 2015, Paul Kalanithi died while working on this book, but it still became the best biography book.
Into the Abyss is a non-fiction gripping, emotionally affecting story of four people who survived the plane crash. Ten people boarded the plane, but only four people stayed, the pilot, the politician, the cop, and the criminal escorted to face charges.
The story took place on the snowy night of October 1984 when a commuter plane crashed.
The biography is written by the author Carol Shaben whose father Larry Shaben, the cabinet minister in the Alberta provincial government and the second-generation Arab Canadian who was the first role model for Canadian Muslims, was also boarded on the plane.
The story describes how the differences in wealth, power, and status are diminished as the four men strive to stay alive on the hillside. The story tells how precious and short life is, and one should enjoy it.
Barracoon is one of the best biography books as it tells one of an integral part of history. In this biography, Zora Neale Huston went to Plateau, Alabama, to interview the last eighty-six-year-old survivors, Cudjo.
Cudjo was among the millions of men, women, and children abducted and transported from Africa to America as enslaved people. Cudjo told Hurston his journey of the raid, which led to his capture and bondage for fifty years. He was released when he abolished the Atlantic law of slave trade in the United States.